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Poster: light into ashes Date: Nov 20, 2012 6:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DEAD women...

Men are definitely more prone to collect than women, in certain areas... Among people I know, some women collect shoes, or ornaments - whereas some men collect vinyl albums, or movies. (I can't say I often saw women running those old record stores either - tended to be some crusty old guy, or in bigger stores, guys who were in bands...)
I'd say the Dead definitely inspired male-type traits among their fans - such as, say, collecting every show, or obsessively writing about them, or compiling huge setlist archives. Female Deadheads, in comparison, are a rather silent minority!
To look at it another way - how many female tapers did anyone see at a Dead show? A single one?

The 'jazzy' side of the Dead figures in this, too... There are plenty of rock bands that attract lots of female fans. (Looks are probably a factor!) The Dead weren't really known as a 'dance band,' I think (other than their core fans - outsiders often despised 'deadhead dancing') - but they were known for endless instrumental noodling.
The jazz field has far fewer female fans than rock (as far as I know), and the Dead probably drew the same kind of male attention as the famous jazz players, while repelling the ladies who wanted to dance to pop hits. That's just a theory, though.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Nov 20, 2012 7:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tapers

Joani Walker. Judy Lee. That's two tapers. Others than Betty :-)

Judy and Ken Lee worked as a team; what about Joanie Walker? Her tapes are always with Paul Scotton.

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Poster: CharlieMiller Date: Nov 24, 2012 11:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tapers

Paul Scotton is not a taper, he's friend with Joani and she gave him her tapes when she became ill.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Nov 25, 2012 12:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tapers

Sorry to hear about her being ill. She's a real pioneer and must be an amazing woman. Her work is really appreciated, and it's neat to know that she's the taper independently.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Nov 20, 2012 8:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tapers

I suspect Ken was the driving force behind the Ken & Judy tapes (though Judy, I think, was the one who actually held the microphones).
Joani Walker - good one; I don't know whether she taped by herself or as a team w/ Paul.
Betty, of course, started out as part of the Bob & Betty team as Matthews trained her, and eventually got skilled enough to start taping on her own.

Though they weren't tapers per se, I should also mention Ron & Susan Wickersham, who founded the Alembic music-equipment company along with Bear. She wrote this little history of the company -
You can tell right away there must have been some bad blood between her & Bear because she does not mention him at all! Despite the company being his idea. (See also the brief comments by Bear here - http://archive.org/post/240947/alembic-history )

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